CORPUS SIREO STUDY: Regional Office Index

„Germany 21: Regionaler Büromarktindex“ (Quelle: Corpus Sireo 2017)

Shortage of Products driving office rents at A- and B-Locations: The CORPUS SIREO  “Regional Office Index” study confirms the continuing positive growth of German A- and B-locations on the office markets. In the 19 B-locations studied, asking rents were €8.73 per square metre at the end of the first half of 2017. This signifies an increase of 1.9% compared with the end of 2016. In the top seven cities, asking office rents increased by 2.1% to €13.97 per square metre in the same time period.

The study is carried out by CORPUS SIREO, the German property subsidiary of Swiss Life Asset Managers, and the Bonn-based research institute empirica. Focal city Freiburg Germany’s most expensive B-Location. The full report is available as a free download at

Microliving in Germany – gross rents in the hot spots

Since our latest rent overview in February 2017, Munich has exceeded the 30 Euro per m² threshold and Stuttgart has pushed Frankfurt from the second to the third place – with a rent of 27.43 € per m². Compared to the second quarter 2016, Stuttgart is also the A-City with the highest rent increase. Since then, only Dresden has seen a (relatively) higher increase. The analysed advertisements are furnished, for temporary use and the rates include ancillary costs.

Gross rents for temporary accommodation (1 & 2 room flat adverts – 2016/2017). Source: empirica-systems market data base 2017

The total rent in the German A-Cities varies from 1167€ per month in Munich, 992€ in Frankfurt, 968€ in Stuttgart, 902€ in Cologne, 883€ in Dusseldorf, to 820€ in Berlin and 794€ in Hamburg.

Gross rent per square metre for temporary accommodation (€/m²) Delta 2.Q’16→2.Q’17. Source: empirica-systems market data base 2017

Analysing student housing markets through evaluation of online advertisements

For those who are interested in German market for micro-living and student housing, we have taken a look into our data to figure out some facts which may improve the understanding of the German student housing market.

Total median rents of shared-flat living offers 2016 (only cities with more than 200 offers, source geodata: GeoBasis-DE/BKG 2015 & OSM)

Identifying tense student markets

The university cities show the highest student demand excess, measured by students per online ads [(students – students in residence halls)/online offers)] , especially in student compatible sub-markets (‘one-room-flats’, ‘shared flats’ and ‘temporary living offers’). In Tübingen and Darmstadt there are more than 25 students for each student compatible residence offer.

Student demand per (online) supply 2016

Shared flats are an essential sub-market

We found out, that the market segment ‘shared flats’ is essential and valuable in context of analysing student housing markets as well as for micro-living issues.

High market shares of ‘shared flat offers’ indicate student markets, as well as markets with high demand for ‘one-room-flats’ and ‘micro-apartments’. Rates for ‘shared flats’ also indicate accepted market rents, their upper percentiles show a critical willingness to pay and their spatial distribution indicates student hotspots. Despite these aspects the segment is hardly under investigation.

shared flats are essential